Related to: 'Goodnight and Aliens!'

Giles Andreae speaks to Graham Marks

Author Spotlight

Giles Andreae is not only the bestselling author of such award-winning picture books as Giraffes Can’t Dance, Rumble in the Jungle and The Lion Who Wanted to Love, he’s also the man behind the entertaining world of Purple Ronnie, as well as The Interesting Thoughts of Edward Monkton. Here he talks to Graham Marks about all the many and varied bits of his very creative life, including toilet brush poetry.

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Blast Off!

Pat-a-Cake, Kat Uno
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This first space book features fun astronaut friends to count and a mirror to make babies giggle.Blast Off! introduces counting to little ones! This board book set in space will delight young babies. With shiny foil on the cover and bright colours to capture and keep their attention, this book will be revisited time and time again. It will also be interesting to older toddlers. The mirror at the back will entrance babies, and reaching for the page helps with the development of their hand-eye coordination.Simple text and lots of sounds to make - whoosh! - make the book easy to use and encourages carer and child interaction. Also available: Out of this World, Zoom to the Moon!, Goodnight Aliens

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Here Come the Tractors

Pat-a-Cake, Kat Uno
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Clap hands and play with this range of exciting toddler touch-and-feel books!Here Come the Tractors is a playful touch-and-feel book, full of energy, fun and busy tractor friends. Toddlers will laugh, shout, clap their hands and join in the fun as the simple text encourages them to point, match and talk about the friendly tractor pals playing on every page. With textures to feel on every page and a fun matching game at the end, everyone will want to clap hands for the tractors!Also available: Here Come the Monkeys, Here Come the Kittens, Here Come the Puppies, Here Come the Dinosaurs, Here Come the Chicks, Here Come the Bunnies, Here Come the Unicorns, Here Come the Llamas, Here Come the Mummies and Babies, Here Come the Dragons, Here Come the Mermaids

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Things That Go

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Vehicles I Like

Pat-a-Cake, Tiago Americo
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Over 190 pages packed with words and pictures of amazing vehicles, perfect for getting toddlers talking. These little books have LOTS of pages featuring more than 200 words, sounds and bright pictures all about things that go. They are great for supporting curious toddlers who are learning to speak and to recognise pictures. There's even a little flip character waving from the bottom of every page! Also available: Animals I Love

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Saving Our Planet

Pat-a-Cake, Louise Forshaw
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Help curious preschoolers find out more about going green with this fantastic lift-the-flap board book.Find Out About: Saving Our Planet helps curious preschoolers understand key environmental issues and what they can do to help save the planet. Little scenarios explain situations such as how to save water or use less electricity in a preschool-friendly way, and the cast of friendly characters and their families will be relatable for little ones. With fun flaps to lift, this is an excellent book for children and parents to share together.Also available: Animals, Feelings, Kindness

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Zoo

Pat-a-Cake, Zoe Waring
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Stephen, the Sprout of Kindness

Pat-a-Cake, Richard Dungworth, Samantha Meredith
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Stephen is a sprout. He's not just any sprout though, he's a sprout of kindness! Join Stephen in this fun rhyming story as he helps his friends with the power of kindness. With rhyming text, bright illustrations and a funny refrain, this book all about ways to be kind will inspire and encourage children everywhere. Stephen Sprout helps out his friends when they lose things, if they can't decide who should go next on the swings, and he even helps sort out a little sibling rivalry. At the end there are some suggestions of ways that the readers can carry on what Stephen starts, and spread a little more kindness in the world.

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Night, Night

Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar
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The perfect first book to share with your baby!Sparkly, bold, high-contrast novelty board book that stimulates a baby's developing coordination and vision. The perfect introduction to a good bedtime routine.Join Little Bunny after a busy day to get ready for bed. Eye-catching illustrations in black and white with shiny foil will capture your baby's focus and attention and aid their visual development. Night, Night introduces a gentle bedtime routine of bath, book, bed with simple text, noises to copy and striking images.Babies are able to react and respond to simple patterns and contrasting colours just a few weeks after being born. As their eyes develop, high-contrast shapes, patterns and reflective surfaces give newborns something simple to focus on, respond to and interact with. Babies will react with delight as they reach for the shiny textures and the simple text prompts parent interaction. Also available: Moo Peek-a-Boo, Splish Splash, On the Move, Funny Faces, Animal Train

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Amazing Animals

Pat-a-Cake, Gwé
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Out of this World

Pat-a-Cake, Kat Uno
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This shiny fold-out frieze book introduces big ideas to little ones! This first book about space will delight young babies. With shiny foil to focus on and bright colour to capture and keep their attention, this book will be revisited time and time again - and also be interesting to older toddlers. One side of the frieze shows the planets in our solar system, and the other side shows a big view from the International Space Station. Perfect to fold out and prop on the floor to keep babies entertained during tummy time or playtime. Simple text and lots of sounds to make the book easy to use and encourage carer and child interaction. Also available: Space Baby: Zoom to the Moon!

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Bath Time

Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar
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This bath book changes colour in water! Perfect to share with babies at bath time.Babies will react with delight as they see the colour appear in the bold pictures of friendly frogs and funny fish, in this stylish, colour-changing bath book. Splish, splash and splosh with mummy duck and her little ducklings and make bath time fun and colourful.First Baby Days is a series of books specially designed to aid the development of babies' eyesight and coordination, with high-contrast colour and patterns, striking illustration and fun novelties, all endorsed by a child development expert. Also available: Moo Peek-a-Boo, On the Move, Funny Faces, Splish Splash, Animal Train, Night NIght

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Farmyard Friends

Pat-a-Cake, Gwé
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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Pat-a-Cake, Richard Merritt
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Row, Row, Row Your Boat combines lively pictures with a classic rhyme that's easy for parents and carers to recognise and recite. Young children will adore searching the page for flaps to open while singing along. The spotting game at the end is a great incentive to go through the pages once again until each tiny thing is found! Nursery Rhymes are important stepping stones to language development. The rhymes usually tell a story, too, with a beginning, a middle and an end. This teaches children that events happen in sequence, and they begin to follow along. Nursery rhymes are also full of repetition making them easy to remember, and often become some of a child's first sentences.Also available: The Wheels on the Bus, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Hey Diddle Diddle, Incy Wincy Spider

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Incy Wincy Spider

Pat-a-Cake, Richard Merritt
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The Three Little Pigs

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Kasia Nowowiejska
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"I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down!"The Three Little Pigs is a tale of adventure and narrow escapes with lots of exciting twists and favourite repetitive phrases. Both peril and humour leap from every page, from our three little heroes and the big bad wolf.It's never too early to introduce children to the magic and wonder of classic tales. Familiar characters are brought to life at each turn of the page with spellbinding artwork and lyrical writing. A visual glossary at the beginning introduces new vocabulary and promotes understanding. A lively activity at the end invites discussion and will make even the very youngest children want to return to these story books again and again. Fairy tales and classic stories are a vital introduction to the basics of storytelling like setting, characters and plot. They boost a child's imagination and also teach valuable life lessons about good overcoming evil, the difference between right and wrong and the importance of rising to a challenge. Also available: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Ugly Duckling.

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The Ugly Duckling

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Sophie Rohrbach
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Moo Peek-a-Boo

Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar
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Splish Splash

Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar
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Babies will love this bright and bold high-contrast book, perfect for sharing from birth.High-contrast colours are easy for very little babies to focus on, and along with the fun textures to feel, Splish Splash will engage and entertain babies as their eyesight and senses develop. The friendly animal characters will guide you through the book, and there are lots of extra sounds to make (swish!) and fun things to spot.Splish Splash aids the development of early coordination by encouraging babies to reach for and explore the bumpy, smooth and shiny textures. Babies will react with delight as they touch and feel the pictures of friendly sea creatures, while the simple text prompts parent interaction.The perfect first book to share with your baby! Also available: Moo Peek-a-Boo, On the Move, Funny Faces, Animal Train, Bath Time

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Funny Faces

Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar
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On the Move

Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar
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Babies will love this bright and bold high-contrast book, perfect for sharing from birth!High-contrast colours are easy for very little babies to focus on, and along with the fun double tabs to pull, On the Move will engage and entertain babies as their eyesight and senses develop. The friendly animal characters will guide you through the book, and there are lots of extra sounds to make (beep, beep!) and fun things to spot.On the Move aids the development of babies' eyesight by using high-contrast colours and patterns, striking illustrations and pages that pull out in different directions. Babies will react with delight as they track and scan the pictures and patterns that are revealed as you pull the tabs, while the simple text prompts parent interaction.Also available: Funny Faces, Moo Peek-a-Boo, Bath Time, Animal Train, Splish, Splash